There are about two dozen verses in the Hebrew Scriptures and one dozen in the Christian Scriptures which state or strongly imply that Moses was the author.Consider the following passages from the New Living Translation (NLT): But nowhere in the Bible is it specifically stated that Moses wrote the entire Pentateuch.As mentioned elsewhere in this website, many Christian and Jewish conservatives believe that Moses is the sole author of the Pentateuch and that he was inspired directly by God to write text that is free of error.
Some of these writings are referred to as "" (material that could have been written at the time of Moses but which could not reasonably be attributed to him).
Fundamentalists and other Evangelical Christians generally believe that Moses wrote all or most of the five books after the Israelite's exodus from Egypt, but before they entered Canaan.
This would date the writing to the 40 year period when the Israelites were wandering through the desert, circa 1450 BCE.
Some suggest that he authored all five books, and that the account of his death and burial was a prophecy by Moses.
However, some Fundamentalist and other Evangelical Christians have deviated from traditional Christian teachings.
Since conservative Christians believe in the inerrancy (freedom from error) of the Bible, the matter of authorship is settled and is not open to debate.
Moses wrote at least the vast majority of the Pentateuch.
However, individual clergy in mainline denominations are frequently more traditionally minded than are their theologians.
Also, individual members are often much more conservative in their beliefs about the Bible than are their clergy.